Looking At Ways To Predict or Prevent Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic proportions in the industrialized world and, judging by the obesity epidemic, it is likely to get worse before it gets better. That is why researchers at the University Bicocca in Milan, Italy, are concerned with ways to predict who is at high risk for Type 2 diabetes so it can be prevented early. Their work was published in April 2011 in the journal Diabetes Care.

Thirteen thousand eight hundred and forty-five volunteers had their fasting blood sugar measured at least three times from 1992 to 2008. They were divided into three groups on the basis of their blood sugar levels. Three hundred and seven were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes:

  • participants with fasting blood sugar levels of 51 to 82 mg/dL (2.8 to 4.5 mmol/L) had less than half the risk of diabetes as those with fasting blood sugar levels of 91 to 99 mg/dL (5 to 5.5 mmol/L),
  • participants with fasting blood sugar levels between 83 and 90 mg/dL (4.6 and 5 mmol/L) had 1.42 times the risk of acquiring diabetes as those with levels from 51 to 82 mg/dL.

It was therefore concluded fasting blood sugar levels of 91 to 99 mg/dL (5 to 5.5 mmol/L) predicts a high probability of Type 2 diabetes developing, and could be used to establish which people are in need of preventive care.

The American Diabetes Association classifies a fasting blood sugar level of:


  • below 100 mg/dL (5.5 mmol/L) as normal,
  • 100 to 125 mg/dL (5.5 to 6.9 mmol/L) as prediabetic,
  • a fasting blood sugar of 126 mg/dL (7 mmol/L) or higher, as diabetic.

Of course, the above study will not suddenly change what is considered normal, because results must be repeated before they can be used to set standards. On the other hand, repeating a series of fasting blood sugar levels over time might be a good way to predict if you are in need of preventive care. If levels go up over time it might be a good idea to become concerned and take action, especially if you have other risk factors for Type 2 diabetes.

Risk factors for Type 2 diabetes include:

  • having a close relative (mother, father, sister, brother, child) with Type 2 diabetes,
  • being over 50,
  • living a sedentary lifestyle,
  • being overweight or obese.

The first two cannot be changed but the second two can.

One way of finding your lean weight is to look it up on the Metropolitan Life Tables. The heights and weights listed are based upon those seen in people with the longest lives. According to the table, a woman 5’5″ tall with an average body frame should have a weight between 126 and 141 pounds or 57 and 64 kilograms. A man 5’9″ tall with an average frame should weigh between 148 and 160 pounds or 67 and 73 kilograms.

Look up your healthy weight on the website: halls.md/ideal-weight/body.htm If your weight is higher than it should be, get a sensible dietary plan from your doctor. Consider a vegetarian or vegan eating plan. Discuss what type and how much physical activity is safe for you, and decide on a physical activity or exercise you will want to stay with. Normalizing your weight and taking part in regular exercise can go a long way toward preventing Type 2 diabetes.

My Diabetes Type Two Symptoms and Dramatic Weight Loss

For the past year or so I have been suffering from extreme thirst problems. At times it was unbearable, a bit like being in the desert with no water. I would wake constantly in the night desperate for a drink of water. This then lead to me wanting to go to the loo more frequently during the night and so I suffered from a lack of good nights sleep basically every night. I went out and bought lip balm thinking it was due to dry lips. I even tried an oral mouth wash thinking it must be due to diseased gums but nothing changed, the thirst was driving me crazy.

I went away to work just before Christmas and took my wife with me. It was freezing cold with snow and ice everywhere. We took eight litres of water with us and by the first morning I had drunk five of the bottles and still couldn’t quench my thirst. My wife was shocked as I hadn’t even told her about my thirst problem. I just kept thinking it would go away but of course it never did. She kept on at me for the next few days to book an appointment with my doctor for when we got back home.

I made the call to see my doctor and said I have had some thirst problems and explained what had happened on the first day of my work trip away. My doctor immediately got me to give a urine sample and tested it straight away. She looked very worried as she said I think you have type two diabetes but you need a fasting blood test to confirm it, but you are showing the classic symptoms of diabetes type two. I was shocked at the news and my wife was waiting for me in the surgery waiting room and I was in a daze as I left the surgery. I was due to go back at the end of the week to have a fasting blood test taken and also a few other blood test that I would later find out how important they were.

The night before the fasting blood test I wasn’t allowed to eat a thing, and in any case I was now on a strict diet being 17 stone and in my doctors words obese! I had given up smoking ten years earlier and piled the pounds on. You give up one craving to be overtaken by another.

I have now got my weight down to 12 stone 5lbs, blood levels between 5 and 6 daily and cholesterol at 3. 5.

You have to have reasons to dedicate yourself to diet and I found the love of my family the thing above everything else that kept me motivated to lose the weight. Good luck and Good Health.

Cholesterol Testing: What You Need To Know to Stay Safe

In order to maintain good overall health and specifically good cardio vascular health, it’s essential to get your cholesterol tested on a regular basis. While diabetics generally get a cholesterol screening at twice a year as a standard of care for diabetes, it’s highly recommended by the National Institutes of Health that those at risk for complications from heart disease get cholesterol screening at least once a year.

What method to use for checking?

Today, with the subject of how to lower cholesterol is becoming a widely discussed topic, the first thing health conscience consumers need to know is, what is the correct way to get the test done? In the last ten years several makers of at home test kits have come on to the market pitching the theme of testing in the comfort of your own home. Other appeals include the minimal cost of buying the test kit online and administering the test yourself.

Here are the facts.

While these kits are indeed less expensive than going to a lab with a doctor’s lab order, there is a big question of accuracy of results. These home testing kits rely on a test strip with a chemical reagent placed on the strip at time of manufacturing. Lowering bad cholesterol is a noble goal and being proactive is commendable, but, it’s like the old adage states, garbage in garbage out. Depending on level of knowledge of the subject matter, many folks just don’t know what they are looking for in the result. Secondly, most of these tests only measure total cholesterol level. While this is always helpful for your doctor to take a look at, it’s just the beginning of the story. There are various components to a person’s cholesterol make up and your doctor is the one who knows how to address your specific needs. You simply can’t get this off the side of a box when using the at home test kits. Unfortunately, these at home test kits can’t decipher between LDL and HDL cholesterol levels. In addition, triglyceride fat in the blood is also a factor not covered when measuring the total cholesterol level.

How will the doctor work to lower your cholesterol?

The first thing your doctor is going to do before you even go to get your blood drawn is determine based on your particular needs what he is looking for? To do this the doctor will order a Metabolic Panel. This will be a series of tests using one or more vials of blood to ascertain what needs attention. For example, on my last screening, my doctor determined that my vitamin D level was low. As I was made aware, this is important for several reasons so he gave me a multi vitamin to take to address the issue. In order to lower cholesterol naturally, the doctor needs to have a view of your complete system. This, you simply can’t get from an at home cholesterol screening that delivers a result that is dubious at best.

Options to fix the problem

Today doctors have an arsenal of options to lower cholesterol. Depending on what the patient’s health concerns are, the doctor may prescribe a medication to combat bad cholesterol. More physicians today are looking for combinations of medication and omega 3 fish oil to protect patients from the effects of bad cholesterol. Fish oil supplements have been proven to aid in the lowering of bad cholesterol naturally. Adding omega 3 fish oil to your diet protects your heart and vascular system from plaque buildup that causes heart disease and the potential for stroke.


Now that you know the importance of protecting your heart health, proper blood screening in conjunction with fish oil supplements to augment any prescription the doctor prescribes, you will be better armed to combat bad cholesterol!

Cholesterol – Your Life and Blood

A newborn baby that is being breast-fed by its mother receives a high dose of cholesterol right from the beginning of its life. Mother’s milk contains twice the cholesterol of cow’s milk! Nature certainly has no intention of destroying a baby’s heart by giving it such high amounts of cholesterol. On the contrary, a healthy heart consists of 10% pure cholesterol (all water removed). Our brain is made of even more cholesterol than the heart is and half of our adrenal glands consist of it. Cholesterol is an essential building block of all our body cells and is needed for every metabolic process. Because cholesterol is such an important substance for the body, every single cell is capable of producing it. We could not even live a single day without it.

The benefits of cholesterol

  • is important for brain development
  • protects the nerves against damage or injury
  • repairs damaged arteries (seals off lesions)
  • supports immune functions
  • gives elasticity to red blood cells
  • stabilizes and protects cell membranes
  • is the basic ingredient of most sexual hormones
  • helps to form the skin
  • is the essential substance which the skin uses to make vitamin D
  • is the basic ingredient used to manufacture the body’s stress hormones
  • is needed to form bile acids to help digestion of fats and keep us lean
  • helps to prevent kidney damage in diabetes

Cholesterol plays a vital role in every living being. Microbes, bacteria, viruses, plants, animals, and human beings all depend on it. Since cholesterol is so important for our body, we cannot solely depend on its supply from external sources, but must be able to produce it independently as well. Normally, our body makes about half a gram to one gram of cholesterol a day, depending on how much the body requires at the time. The main cholesterol producers are the liver and the small intestines. These organs release the cholesterol into the blood stream where it is instantly tied to blood proteins that are responsible for transporting it to their designated areas for the purposes listed above. Cholesterol consists of fat and protein molecules, which gives it the name ‘Lipo Protein’. Only about five percent of our cholesterol circulates in the blood, the rest is used for numerous activities in the body’s cells.

If a healthy person consumed 100g of butter a day (the average European eats 18g a day), he would ingest 240-mg cholesterol, of which only 30-60% would be absorbed through his intestines. This would give him about 90 mg cholesterol each day. Yet, of this amount, only 12 mg would eventually end up in his blood and raise the cholesterol level by as little as 0.2%. In comparison, our body is able to produce 400 times more cholesterol than we could obtain from eating 100g butter. In other words, if you eat more than the usual amount of cholesterol with your food, your blood cholesterol levels will naturally rise. However, to balance this increase your body will automatically reduce its own cholesterol production. This self-regulating mechanism ensures that cholesterol remains on the exact level that your body requires in order to sustain optimal functions and equilibrium.

If eating fatty foods does not significantly increase cholesterol levels to meet the body’s demands for this vital substance then the body must take other more drastic measures. One of them is the stress response. If your body runs low in cholesterol, you are likely to feel stressed. You will lose your calm and patience, and feel tense. Stress is a powerful trigger for cholesterol production in the body. Since cholesterol is the basic constituent of all stress hormones, any unsettling situation will use up large quantities of cholesterol. To make up for the loss or increased demand of cholesterol, the liver starts making more of it.

Take the example of the cholesterol-increasing effect of television. Research has shown that watching television for several hours at a time can drive up blood cholesterol more dramatically than any other so called risk factors, including diet, sedentary lifestyle, or genetic disposition. Exposure to television is a great challenge for the brain. It is far beyond the brain’s capacity to process the flood of incoming stimuli that emanate from the overwhelming number of picture frames appearing on the TV screen every second. The resulting strain takes its toll. Blood pressure rises to help move more oxygen, glucose, cholesterol, vitamins, and other nutrients around the body and to the brain, all of which are used up rapidly by the heavy brainwork. Add violence, suspense and the noise of gunshots etc., to the spectacle and the adrenal glands respond with shots of adrenaline to prepare the body for a “fight or flight”. This causes contraction of many large and small blood vessels in the body, leading to shortage of water, sugar and other nutrients in the cells.

The signs for this stress-response can be several. You may feel shattered, exhausted, and stiff in neck and shoulders, very thirsty, lethargic, depressed, and even “too tired” to go to sleep. If the body did not bother to increase cholesterol levels during such stress encounters, we would have millions of television deaths by now. Thanks to rising cholesterol levels for saving TV watchers!

Exercising, Diet and Reactive Hypoglycemia

If you have been diagnosed with Reactive Hypoglycemia or Idiopathic Postprandial Syndrome, hopefully by now you understand the connection with diet and how important it is to eat the right foods on the right schedule.

If not, I will give you a compact version of what you should be doing. Cut out all sugars, refined foods, starchy carbohydratess, alcohol and caffeine from your diet. Yes, it is a big change for a lot of people, but it is essential for you to feel good and to be healthy. You will need to eat foods that are low on the glycemic index that will not spike your blood sugar/glucose levels. You want to eat a diet high in fiber and protein, with fats and a very small amount of complex carbohydrates. Eat small meals every two to three hours and do not skip meals! Be consistent!

Also, when you do eat your complex carbohydrates, make sure you eat them with some fat and protein. For example, if you eat a half a bowl of oatmeal in the morning, eat it with butter and a serving of cottage cheese, or maybe even mix in a tablespoon of coconut oil. This will slow your body’s absorption and keep your insulin from spiking. And as I’m sure you know, spiking your insulin is the root of this problem. Personally, this approach has been the key to me feeling my best and being able to live a normal life and exercise.

Now, it took me quite a while to get my diet down, knowing what to eat and when to eat it. There was a lot of trial and error, research and consultations with dietitians, doctors (which didn’t help at all!) and nutritionists. Once I got the diet down (for the most part what I described above), that was just for everyday living. Now I needed to provided proper nutrition for my intense workouts that I was doing such as 1 hour weight training sessions and 2 hour martial arts sessions. I had to get my diet down to an exact science. In short, my diet had to fit my activities, and my activities had to fit my diet.

So on the days that I weight trained and did martial arts, I ate a quarter cup of oatmeal in the morning with butter and a tablespoon of coconut oil; and at lunch time a quarter of a baked sweet potato with butter and a tablespoon of coconut oil. Then, when it was training time, immediately before training, I would take 2 glucose tablets just before training, and 2 to 3 more tabs during training depending on how intense the workout was and how I felt. In the end, I learned that approximately 5 glucose tabs worked perfectly for me.

If you are have just been diagnosed with Reactive Hypoglycemia or Idiopathic Postprandial Syndrome (my diagnosis), I know that it can be very frustrating, but hang in there. I suggest keeping a food journal with detailed information on what you eat and the times that you eat. This will help you identify what is and is not working. Good luck in your journey to feeling better and remember that your diet means everything!

High Morning Blood Sugar and The Dawn Phenomenon

Do you have Type 2 diabetes? Do have trouble sleeping in the early hours of the morning? Have you heard of the term “dawn phenomenon”?

Dawn phenomenon is a term that describes the tendency of the blood sugar level to increase between the hours of four and eight in the morning. It is typically seen as a sudden rise in the blood sugar by more than 10mg/dL (0.56 mmol/L) in the early hours. However, it can also be manifested as a 20% increase in the usual insulin requirement during these hours.

According to John Hopkins Point of Care-Information Technology (POC-IT), approximately sixty to eighty-nine percent of people with Type 2 diabetes experience this problem. This may be caused by a decreased sensitivity of the muscles and the liver to insulin in the face of the nocturnal growth hormone secretion. So, diabetics who happen to be growth hormone deficient do not experience this phenomenon. As mentioned by John Hopkins POC-IT source, the poorer the blood sugar control is, the worse the manifestation of the dawn phenomenon.

What are the symptoms of dawn phenomenon?

1. Frequent urination during the early hours of the morning. Increase blood sugar level leads to hyperglycemia. Hyperglycemia results in increased frequency of urination.

2. Trouble sleeping during the early hours of the morning. According to a study conducted in Rambam Medical Center and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel and published in the Journal of Pediatrics in 2003, the rapid increase in blood sugar can result in awakening from a restful sleep. And so, if you happen to experience this kind of symptom, best check your blood sugar level during the early morning hours. Chances are you may be experiencing the dawn phenomenon.

3. Increased thirst. Feeling thirsty during the early hours of the morning? Hyperglycemia leads to increased thirst. And if you are experiencing this early in the morning, you may be experiencing this reaction.

How do you diagnose the dawn phenomenon?

To diagnose this condition correctly, this is what you have to do:

  • check your blood sugar level before going to bed at around ten to eleven in the evening,
  • check it again at 2am, 4 am and 8am. An abrupt increase in the blood sugar level at 4 am to 8am indicates the dawn phenomenon.

How do you manage this?

  • learn to adjust your carbohydrate intake and your evening meal time,
  • before you go to sleep, your blood sugar level should only be 70 to 110 mg/dL (3.9 to 6.1 mmol/L).

If dietary modifications are not enough, consult your doctor. Your doctor might advise you to take insulin injections before you go to sleep to ensure better sugar control during your sleeping hours.

Diet For Ankylosing Apondylitis

Diet for ankylosing spondylitis can be very helpful in managing this disease, however it cannot cure it.

There are many options and many different diets available, but you should do proper research because some of these diets can cause more harm than good.

Alcohol use is discouraged since it reduces the absorption of nutrients by damaging the stomach and the small bowel. It may also enhance the effect of the medications you’re taking, or make them ineffective; and also do a lot of damage to the liver.

Diet for ankylosing spondylitis may include some dietary supplements, such as vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids, and other substances. Talk to your doctor before using any of these.

Folic acid supplements can help the patients endure drug treatments for longer periods of time. It proved helpful to take folic acid during treatments with the drug called methotrexate.

While using the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, it is recommended to have a banana and yogurt every day during the treatment. NSAIDs damage the stomach lining, and yogurt and banana helps protect it and keep it healthy.

There is a special diet for ankylosing spondylitis, developed by a doctor from London. This low starch/high protein diet has helped a lot of people, but for many others it has not been successful.

The London “AS” diet consists of:
Reducing the intake of:
breads and other products made from flour, pasta, all types of rice, and potatoes (including chips).
Increasing the intake of: fruits and vegetables, eggs, fish, milk and other dairy products, and all types of meat.
No limitations for beverages or spices.

Diet for ankylosing spondylitis – safe foods list:
Vegetables and leafy greens
Brussel sprouts
Meat and fish
Fruits (especially pears and grapes), fresh and dried (avoiding the unripe fruits)
Eggs, cooked in any way
Sauces and spices
Rice (white rice is safe in most cases)

Diet for ankylosing spondylitis – the “no-no” foods:
Grains (wheat, oats, rye, barley etc.)
Legumes (soy, lentils, beans, peas etc.)
Onions, garlic
Potato and other potato products
Soy milk
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Diet for ankylosing spondylitis is not strictly defined, as people’s organisms may react differently to various foods. It is important to talk to your doctor before starting a diet, and then make sure to follow it unless you see it’s not working. By trying different foods, you should be able to tell which foods feel good to you, and which to avoid.

Living With Kidney Disease – Nineteen Years

I have the pleasure of knowing an incredible individual who has been dealing with kidney disease for almost two decades. Jonathan has gone through over seventy surgeries which began at age twenty-eight. While some look at him as a walking miracle of God, others find themselves scratching their heads in wonder as to how someone could go through what this young man has gone through and still be alive. He often wonders the same thing at times, but he knows that if it had not been for God’s grace in his life, he would not be able to give testimony to all of the beautiful things he has been able to do in spite of his illness. Kidney disease or renal failure as it is sometimes called is not an easy condition to live with. There are several causes of this disease-high blood pressure, diabetes or genetics. For my friend it was high blood pressure that brought about his kidney failure and if this can help anyone going through the same thing then, as he says often, his life has been well lived.

In the Beginning

For an active young man gifted in martial arts and working in a profession he truly excelled in, illness was the last thing on his mind. His symptoms began much like the flu, but with a decrease in urine output. Jonathan thought that it was something that would pass, so he didn’t see about these changes right away. It wasn’t until he started to retain fluid in his chest so badly that he could not breathe that caused him to go to the emergency room one Sunday afternoon. Once admitted to the hospital, the renal doctor told him that he had never seen so much poison in a live body and that if he made it through the night, they would start dialysis first thing in the morning. Not only did he lose his kidney function that day, he also lost his father. Alone and scared Jonathan turned to the Source of his strength but he had been away from church for a while. He remembered the Christian teachings of his grandmother who taught him and his brothers and sister to always rely on God no matter what circumstances they might find themselves in. And so began his journey on the long road to recovery and his personal walk with God.

Dialysis – What Would We Do Without It

Most people who go through renal failure require dialysis. Dialysis is a process through which a machine is used to remove toxins and wastes from the body through the blood just like the kidneys. Once the blood is cleaned, it is returned to the body. This process has allowed many individuals to live longer productive lives when long ago the alternative was horrible suffering before death. When a renal patient first starts dialysis, a catheter is inserted surgically in the body and is connected to an artery and a vein. There is also the need for some type of access to continue dialysis, as the catheter is only temporary and will not cleanse the blood effectively the way a graph or fistula can. For almost two years this was how Jonathan’s body was able to remove wastes and he did this three times a week until he was called to receive a kidney.

The Kidney Transplant

When Jonathan received his transplanted kidney he said that he felt almost close to normal, something that he hadn’t felt in a long time. A kidney transplant allows a recipient to live a life free from the dialysis machine. There is a waiting list for compatibility, but many people are able to find a close relative to donate the needed kidney and that process works a little faster. Before Jonathan received his new kidney, he had already undergone close to twenty-five surgical procedures. These were mostly to unclog his graphs and place new catheters while the graph sites healed. By this time, he had used both arms in order to get access for dialysis.

Jonathan’s transplant lasted five years until the birth of his daughter and that’s when he had to go back on dialysis. He has been on the machine for the last twelve years and has been in and out of the hospital so many times that it’s too numerous to count. He counts his blessings daily and has been able to meet some of the most amazing people who say he is a constant source of encouragement in their lives. I can tell you from personal experience that he has truly touched my life in ways that I will always be eternally grateful. He never focuses on his illness. Instead, his focus is on Christ who he says had suffered much more than what he’s going through. He credits Christ for the strength to endure the pain, long hospital stays and caring people who are always there for him when he needs them to be.

Uncover The Truth Behind Good And Bad Cholesterol

Cholesterol– it can be good or bad. Cholesterol is a plasma like substance found within fat that runs through your bloodstream. Your body needs cholesterol to form new cells and maintain your hormones. There are two types: HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and LDL (lipoprotein.) HDL is produced naturally within our bodies and is needed to carry our body’s cholesterol away from the arteries to the liver. It’s labeled “good,” because it’s supposed to protect our body against heart attacks; this leads to LDL. Lipoprotein is a thick plaque like substance which can clog your arteries and build walls that prevent nutrients from entering your brain and your heart. LDL can cause a heart attack and because cholesterol can be hereditary it’s important to recognize whether or not your family has had history with bad cholesterol. It can also be a consequence of bad eating habits which is why we will cover dieting. Use this information to
lower your cholesterol before your first symptom is a sever one.

There’s categories of food that are high in cholesterol and can be dangerous to your health. There are two types of calorie intakes which increase your risk of high cholesterol. It is saturated fat and of course, bad cholesterol, which is the cholesterol from animals. Eating too much saturated fat will higher your risk of a heart attack because as your liver produces saturated fat into your body it will thicken your blood from producing triglycerides. Foods such as: meat, fish, fat milk products, eggs etc. It’s important to watch out for foods that are processed and fried. Remember that most of these foods are animals and animal products. Besides eating the right way, there are other remedies to use that are affective in lowering your cholesterol. Avoid drinking too much alcohol and using coconut oil instead of butter when you are cooking. You should avoid eating late at night, as well.

If you have high cholesterol and are overweight than you are much more prone to having a stroke or a heart attack. You can lower your cholesterol 10-20% by losing a few pounds. If you aren’t good at planning a strict, healthy diet then at least look at where there is saturated fat. Consider taking on the south beach diet or weight watchers. They will assist you in sticking to your diet and you won’t have to worry about the ingredients in your food. Eating well is only half of the perk when you’re losing weight and lowering your cholesterol; you have to work out and burn calories in order to make any progress and improve your overall bodily functions.

Studies have shown that there is a connection between high cholesterol and race. Some groups may be more susceptible to a higher cholesterol level. Studies show that African-Americans are two times more likely
to suffer from a heart attack then Caucasians. African American women have the highest chance of dying from heart disease. The age is not a factor when you are looking at high cholesterol and it is the same cholesterol scale for every age. There is medication that you can take for your high blood pressure. There’s a medication called Statins that’s the most popular and studies show that it will reduce your
cholesterol and your risk to a heart attack.
There are other medications that will help you, but it depends on what level your LDL is at.

What’s unfortunate about cholesterol is that there aren’t any obvious symptoms. You must take a test to know what your cholesterol level is which will test your lipids, your fat and your blood. It’s been recommended that if you are over the age of 20 then you should get it tested about every five years. You are more prone to it if you have: a bad diet, a sedentary lifestyle, you smoke, a family history of poor cholesterol and if you take certain medications. Whatever you do, do not ignore it! It will slowly lead you to severe health problems. Many victims don’t know that they have a cholesterol problem until they have their first heart attack- and that’s not an option.

Be smart! Do yourself and those around you a favor! Take care of yourself by eating well and getting regular exercise. Not only will you be healthier but you will feel healthier. If you keep avoiding the
 dea that you have high blood pressure, than you are getting closer and closer to a stroke, heart attack or heart disease.
This Lower cholesterol information should give you the foundation that you need
in order to take the next step. The time to start taking it is now. The sooner that you lower it, the more likely you are to lead a lifestyle that is everything you wish it to be.

Wheat Intolerance And A Few Things You Should Know

Those of you that may be experiencing the symptoms of wheat intolerance may be experiencing the same types of the symptoms of wheat allergy. Although they may seem to be similar they are entirely different. There is a chemical reaction is taking place within your body when you have an intolerance to wheat, not an allergic reaction.

Wheat has been around for centuries as well as a staple in people’s diets. When starch is extracted from the wheat grains, what you have left is a type of protein known as gluten. It is gluten that ensures bread keeps it’s elasticity and does not fall apart after being baked in the oven. Gluten is also found in many foods such as pasta and sauces, like soy sauce.

Scientists and doctors to this day still do not know why some people are sensitive to the gluten protein. Celiac disease symptoms in children and adults begin to appear because gluten is interfering with a lining in the intestines called the epithelial lining. When the gluten protein has a reaction with the epithelial lining, the body does not absorb the nutrients in foods that are consumed. This is a major problem and can lead to many other kinds of diseases and problems down the road. Some of the symptoms that come with wheat intolerance to gluten in wheat are similar to those symptoms that are associated with many other kinds of conditions as well.

Many of the symptoms of celiac disease that come with wheat intolerance to gluten are similar to the symptoms which are associated with some common problems when people eat food today. Some foods people consume may just naturally not agree with their stomachs, which is a major problem when it comes down to people not even thinking or knowing what some of the celiac disease symptoms might be. This makes for a hard time in diagnosing exactly what may be causing them and unless a blood test is done to find out if you are indeed gluten intolerant. You might have chest pains, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, stomach bloating, joint pain, and depression. These are all signs that flag you may be a potential candidate for celiac disease.

If you are experiencing these symptoms, please don’t just wait for a blood test. You can begin keeping a journal of the foods you eat and how you are feeling after you eat these foods and start to eat gluten free foods to see how you feel after you eat. Keeping a journal of those foods that eaten will help your doctor when it comes to getting to the bottom of your symptoms. Once properly diagnosed, those that suffer with this condition can start living a healthier life.